How to Pitch a Curveball | Baseball Pitching


The curve ball has been developed over many
years. However, one thing stays
constant. When throwing a curve ball, pitchers must
keep their pointer and middle finger together against the seam on
the baseball. Some pitchers will
stick a knuckle or spike a knuckle into the ball which will create a
tumbling effect. An effective curve ball is a “nose to toes”
or 12 to 6 as the hands on a clock. Dwight “Doc” Gooden in the 1980s had a very
sharp curve ball. The curve ball is thrown by keeping your fingers
on top of the baseball as you throw the back of your hand towards the
catcher and let the ball roll off the fingers. Someone said this is a violent pitch as you
must be very fierce and ferocious at snapping the ball
toward the catcher as it rolls off your fingers. There is a notion that throwing curve balls
can develop elbow problems for pitchers. However, if thrown with correct mechanics,
the curve ball is an effective and healthy pitch
for pitchers to throw. These are some tips on how to throw a curve
ball.

26 thoughts on “How to Pitch a Curveball | Baseball Pitching

  1. Because it's true lol, the only pitches that don't cause really cause problems are fastballs change ups splitters and knuckle balls. Everything that requires a twist of the wrist will cause wrist and elbow problems later on.

  2. This is a great video. I learned to throw a curve the same day, granted I need practice of course to perfect it. But overall this is an informative, short and simple video.

  3. I'm not sure the snapping is accurate. Also, the 12-6 is only one type of release. And in the visual, the kid is straighten his arm at release. I think this may contribute to arm injury. The video should also discuss what not to do, like "turning the knob." Pitchers should know exactly what "turning the knob" means and not do it.

  4. The comment about the split finger not causing damage is wrong.  Applying pressure with your fingers split that far apart puts a lot of strain on the elbow when throwing with a proper follow through.  Really the only two pitches that minimize chance for injury are the fastball and change up, but even those can cause problems.  

  5. this is the best video to get the ball to curve because i tried it this way and it works but it also will injure you faster this way because of the motion and follow through it puts a lot of stress on the elbow.

  6. I throw my curve ball differently I bring my arm up and shoot it down it is really effected not a lot of people hit off of it do you think that is a bad way

  7. Jack Nealon, at your age master the Change up and knuckle ball for off speed and occasionally throw curves. Let your arm get stronger.

  8. i finally learned it at first i can always throw fastball but i can do curve ball now too but my curve ball is always so obvious and it ended ball instead of strike

  9. I let the ball roll off of my fingers but I don't snap my wrist but when it works it makes the hitters look five again

  10. Actually there’s a more simple way to throw a curveball without flicking the wrist and just using the seams. You have to put your thumb underneath the horseshoe while your middle and index finger go on the top horseshoe and facing opposite to your thumb (like 11-5 on the clock)

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